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Below are BroadwayWorld.com's most popular articles that you might have missed from this weekend Sunday, February 19, 2012 - Sunday, February 19, 2012. Catch up below!

1) STAGE TUBE: Chris Colfer's 'Struck By Lightening' Trailer!
by Stage Tube - February 19, 2012

Chris Colfer has written and will star in an upcoming film about a teen who gets 'Struck By Lightning.' Get an exclusive look at the film's first trailer below! (more...)


2) Actress Judi Dench Diagnosed With Severe Eye Condition
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2012

According to the Washington Post, actress Judi Dench said that she has been diagnosed with an eye condition called macular degeneration. The condition can cause blindness. The actress said that she already had bad vision and had difficulty reading scripts. (more...)


3) InDepth InterView: Aaron Carter & THE FANTASTICKS
by Pat Cerasaro - February 19, 2012

Having previously appeared on Broadway in SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL as a teen, and, now, Off-Broadway, in the revival production of the timeless musical THE FANTASTICKS, actor and pop star Aaron Carter has fit a lot of experience into his less-than-quarter-century-long life. Besides his stage roles, Carter has amassed a more than merely respectable resume, having had three chart-topping albums, numerous soundtrack featured spots and even headlining his own feature films. In this career-spanning conversation, Carter and I take a look back at his tween pop superstar heyday - with a look at his contributions to soundtracks like THE PRINCESS DIARIES - as well as his recent stint on ABC’s DANCING WITH THE STARS. Also, his impressions of leading a musical as vaunted and revered as Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s THE FANTASTICKS and the importance he places on a theatre appearances. Additionally, Carter also opens up about his desire to expand his horizons and diversify even further in his future, as well as shines a light on the rehearsal process taking on the lead role in THE FANTASTICKS and what it was like working with original show creator, Tom Jones, in preparing for the role. All of that and much, much more! (more...)


4) UP ON THE MARQUEE: LEAP OF FAITH!
by Up On The Marquee - February 19, 2012

The new musical based on the motion picture “Leap of Faith,” produced by Paramount Pictures Corporation and written by Janus Cercone, will begin previews on Tuesday, April 3 and will open in late April (date to be announced) at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street). (more...)


5) STAGE TUBE: Paul Shaffer Makes Cameo at GODSPELL!
by Stage Tube - February 19, 2012

On Thursday, February 16, 2012 musical director Paul Shaffer made a musical cameo at GODSPELL. He joined the cast in singing "Learn Your Lessons Well" and accompanied them on the piano. Watch the performance below! (more...)


6) Full List Of 2012 Whatsonstage.com Award-Winners
by BWW Special Coverage - February 19, 2012

The 12th Whatsonstage.com Awards winners have been announced, with winners including Matilda, The Wizard of Oz, Kerry Ellis and Alfie Boe. (more...)


7) MATILDA, OZ, Boe, Fleeshman, Ellis Win At 2012 Whatsonstage.com Awards: As It Happened
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2012

MATILDA, OZ, Boe, Fleeshman, Ellis Win At 2012 WhatsonstageAwards: Live Blog The 2012 Whatsonstage.com Awards will be announced tonight at the Prince of Wales Theatre, presented by Sheridan Smith along with Alan Davies and Jenny Eclair. Keep an eye out here for live updates through the night! (more...)


8) Photo Coverage: West End Stars Including Sheridan Smith, Sophie Evans, Kimberley Walsh At Whatsonstage.com Awards!
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2012

Take a look at the stars arriving at the Prince of Wales Theatre! (more...)


9) BWW TV: Encores! MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Plays Final Performance Today
by BroadwayWorld TV - February 19, 2012

Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, the first New York City Center Encores! production of the season, plays its final performance today at New York City Center, and features Colin Donnell, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elizabeth Stanley, Betsy Wolfe and Adam Grupper. Merrily We Roll Along, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, is directed by James Lapine with music direction by Rob Berman and musical staging by Dan Knechtges. Check out performance highlights from the production below! (more...)


10) GHOST's Richard Fleeshman Says Broadway Production 'Even More Incredible'
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2012

At the Whats On Stage audience awards, Ghost the Musical's Richard Fleeshman just won 'Best Actor in a Musical' for Ghost. Talking to press after winning, Fleeshman talked about changes to the show that have been made for the currently rehearsing Broadway production, noting that "We've made it more focused. Some of the illusions have gotten even more incredible and the cast is bigger. It's been very exciting." (more...)


11) STAGE TUBE: On This Day 2/19- CRAZY FOR YOU
by Stage Tube - February 19, 2012

Today in 1992, Crazy for You opened at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 1622 performances. Crazy for You is a musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as "The New Gershwin Musical Comedy", it is largely based on the songwriting team's 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but interpolates songs from several other productions as well. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production was directed by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Susan Stroman.The cast included Jodi Benson as Polly, Harry Groener as Bobby Child, Bruce Adler as Bela Zangler, John Hillner as Lank Hawkins, Michele Pawk as Irene Roth, Jane Connell as Mother, and Beth Leavel as Tess. (more...)


12) Actor Dick Anthony Williams Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2012

Dick Anthony Williams, a veteran actor perhaps best known for his role as Pretty Tony in “The Mack,” died Thursday in Los Angeles, said his family and friends. The cause was not announced. (more...)


13) STAGE TUBE: Brian Stokes Mitchell Visits 'Meet The Press'!
by Stage Tube - February 19, 2012

Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell stopped by 'Meet The Press' for an interview with David Gregory while in Washington for the “Discover Ellington Festival.” He discusses Duke Ellington, the artist who the festival honors, and the influence that jazz had on him. (more...)


14) Cross Complaint Filed in Bret Michaels Lawsuit Against Tony Awards
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2012

Weingarten Brown LLP announced in a statement that "defendants CBS Broadcasting, Inc., Tony Awards Productions, White Cherry Entertainment, Inc. and others involved in producing the 2009 Tony Awards, where Rock Star Bret Michaels sustained life-threatening head injuries, filed a Third Party Complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against third-party Rock of Ages Broadway LLC." (more...)


15) BWW's On This Day - February 19, 2012
by - February 19, 2012

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 19 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)


16) John Benjamin Hickey, Jonathan Groff & More Set for THE GOOD WIFE, 2/19
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2012

THE GOOD WIFE, one of television's most acclaimed dramas and a 2011 Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Drama Series, will assemble a respected and award-winning roster of actors for an episode to be broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (more...)


17) Mo Rocca to Star in The Cooking Channel's MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI, 2/19
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2012

Mo Rocca, former correspondent for Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' will be starring in a one-hour special on the Cooking Channel entitled MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI. The show is set to air on February 19th. (more...)


18) Photo Flash: Stephen Schwartz & Martha Wasserman Visit Musical Theatre West's MAN OF LA MANCHA!
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2012

Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz went to see yesterday's matinee of Musical Theatre West's production MAN OF LA MANCHA. At the evening performance, Martha Wasserman (widow of Dale Wasserman) showed up with French actor David Serero, who is doing the role of Cervantes in the French production. See the photos below! (more...)


19) Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Concert Held at The Kimmel Center 2/19
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2012

Maestro Louis Scaglione, President and Music Director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization (PYO), today announced the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s performance on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Verizon Hall. (more...)


20) Brian O’Byrne to Star in ABC's 'Gilded Lilys'
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2012

According to Deadline.com, Tony award-winner Brian O’Byrne has been cast in ABC's 'Gilded Lilys' pilot. O'Byrne will join previously cast Blythe Danner, Sarah Bolger and Madeline Zima. The pilot is written and executive produced by KJ Steinberg and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, and directed by Brian Kirk. (more...)


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